Were you too busy to catch up with all of the week’s CAF Champions League related stories? Don’t worry. Read our summary of the most interesting stories that made CAFCL news headlines.
1. Casablanca Derby Postponed
The match between Raja Casablanca and Wydad Casablanca did not go on as planned this week because Wydad reported new cases of Covid-19 infections in their squad. Key players like Badi Aouk, Kazadi Kasengu and Ismail El Haddad have the Corona Virus. This raises concerns over whether Morocco will be ready to take part in the CAF Champions League semifinals.
Morocco has gone back to running a match-postponement league. It now looks unlikely that the Botola will be completed in good time. Wydad needs to play nine matches to finish their league campaign while a side like Mouloudia Oudja only needs to play five more matches. This is why we suggested that African football leagues were better placed cancelling the 2019/2020 season like Nigeria and Algeria did.
Source: Le 360
2. Zamalek Loses, Al Ahly Wins
Zamalek followed up on their Cairo Derby win over Al Ahly with a league loss to Arab Contractors. This gave Pyramids FC the chance to overtake the White Knights into second place in the race for CAFCL qualification. On the other hand, Al Ahly moved a step closer to winning another Egyptian Premier League titie. The Reds beat El Gouna and Al Masry and kept clean sheets in both matches.
What does this mean for the CAFCL semifinals? Zamalek continue to be unpredictable. They seem to perform in big matches but lack consistency in securing wins against the “lesser sides.” Ahly have incorporated Badji into their team and are maintaining squad sharpness ahead of their last four clash with Wydad
3. Drazen Cvetkovic Reveals Muleka Replacement Plan
TP Mazembe coach, Drazen Cvetkovic expressed his pleasure over the fact that his team has been able to resume training. One of his big concerns heading into the 2020/2021 season is the replacement of, departing striker, Jackson Muleka. Cvetkovic did not hide the fact that he will only accept a high quality replacement for young striker. But he is willing to give the current strikers a chance first.
Drazen Cvetkovic said, “If we are to bring someone in, they must be of high quality, an international from the continent.” We are not sure if there are many good quality striker in Africa that will fit TP Mazembe’s needs. Their scouting team has work to do!
Source: TP Mazembe
4. Esperance Signs Marzouki
Esperance Tunis announced the signing of Alaeddine Marzouki from CS Sfaxien on a 3-year deal. Marzouki has been one of the key players for Sfaxien and will add versatility to the Taraji forward line. He can play as a central striker, supporting striker or on either wings. Marzouki is also a reliable goalscorer and highly experienced at 30-years old. But the Esperance forward line is packed with quality so he will have to fight for a starting spot like everyone else.
Do you think Alaeddine Marzouki will be a huge success at Esperance Tunis?
5. Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs about to Confirm CAFCL Status
Sundowns beat Kaizer Chiefs in the highly anticipated PSL top-of-the-table clash. Gaston Sirino scored the only goal of the match after a cheeky set-up by Themba Zwane. Check out match highlights below:
The result meant the two sides are now equal on points with only three matches to go until the end of the season. Who will win the PSL? I dunno. But the two sides are now only one point away from securing CAFCL 2020/2021 qualification And as you all know, we are eager to see what Kaizer Chiefs can do in Africa – read about that here.